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University of Pittsburgh scientists awarded for outstanding cancer research contribution

PITTSBURGH, June 9 Yuan Chang, M.D., and Patrick S. Moore, M.D., M.P.H., have been awarded the Charles S. Mott Prize, bestowed annually by the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation (GMCRF), for the most recent outstanding contribution to the cause or prevention of cancer. The husband-and-wife team is from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where Dr. Chang is professor of pathology and Dr. Moore is professor of molecular genetics and biochemistry and director of the Molecular Virology Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI).

Drs. Chang and Moore will be presented with the $250,000 Mott Prize at a ceremony that concludes GMCRF's Annual Scientific Conference, June 10-11, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

"This award is one of the top annual awards in cancer research internationally as well as one of the most prestigious prizes ever awarded to a University of Pittsburgh faculty member," said Arthur S. Levine, M.D., senior vice chancellor for the Health Sciences and dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "In fact, the honor has been bestowed on only a select number of the world's top scientists, nine of whom have gone on to win Nobel prizes."

Drs. Chang and Moore were honored with the Mott Prize for their discovery of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), which causes Kaposi's sarcoma the most common malignancy occurring in AIDS patients. KSHV also is linked to other disorders that involve a compromised immune system.

"Few scientists can lay claim to have truly found the cause of a cancer," said Ronald B. Herberman, M.D., director of UPCI and the UPMC Cancer Centers. "Drs. Chang and Moore not only found the long-sought cause for a very common cancer in AIDS patients, but they also used their discovery to open new and exciting areas in cancer research. They are continuing to use innovative molecular biology techniques to understand the basis for KSHV's a
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Contact: Clare Collins
412-647-3555
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
9-Jun-2003


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